Car Interior Cleaning Hacks

Cleaning Interior - Terry, MS

If you are like most people, your car starts to gather trash and junk over time. Summer is a great time to remedy that situation and give your car a thorough detailing. Here are a few car interior cleaning hacks to help make things a little bit easier.

Empty your car. The first thing you will want to do is take everything out of your car. Have a few boxes or bags ready to sort items into three categories: trash, keep, and find a new home.

Clean floor mats. You should have taken out your floor mats in step one. An easy way to clean them is to spray them down with the hose and then leave them in the sun to dry.

Wash hard surfaces. Starting from the top down, wipe all hard surfaces in your car. This should include things like the center console, doors, and windows.

Scrub away stains. You probably have one or two stains on your upholstery. Use a good upholstery cleaning solution, a stiff brush, and some clean rags to scrub away those stains.

Vacuum. Using the vacuum attachments, vacuum your entire car from the top down. Pay close attention to the tight spots between and under the seats.

Need service on your car? Head to Skinners Chevy Buick GMC to visit our factory-trained technicians.

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How to Take Care of Your Car in the Summer

Car Care - Terry, MS

Summertime in Mississippi means scorching temperatures and sweltering humidity for months on end. To make sure you and your vehicle make it through the season, here are a few tips on how to take care of your car in the summer and prevent roadside disasters.

Check your battery. The high temperatures of summer can make battery fluid evaporate quickly. Heat can lead to internal failure in a weak battery. Have your battery tested to see if it has enough life left before you end up with a dead battery.

Check the coolant. You don’t want your car overheating. Make sure your car has enough coolant and that it is the correct proportion.

Inspect the HVAC system. Your air conditioning is a vital component during the summer. Not only does it keep you comfortable, but it helps prevent driver fatigue. If your A/C doesn’t seem as cold as it once was, have the system inspected, including your cabin filter.

Check the tires. Tires that are not properly inflated are more likely to experience a blowout. This risk increases even more when the road temperatures are hot. Inspect your tires, check the tread depth, and make sure all the tires are inflated to the correct air pressure setting.

Need help getting your car ready for summer? Bring it in to Skinners Chevy Buick GMC for service courtesy of our expert technicians.

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Three Easy Ways to Make the Most of Your Commute

Commute - Terry, MS

Does your drive to work feel more like a drag? These ideas will make the most of your commute while you’re behind the wheel.

 

Listen to classical literature audiobooks

You don’t need your eyes to read. You can absorb classic novels by listening to audiobooks, from “Pride and Prejudice” to “Paradise Lost.” Many pieces of literature are available via free downloadable apps on smartphone devices. Entertain yourself during your drive, and become “well-read” for that next dinner party you attend.

 

Practice your breathing

We don’t always think about our breathing. Can you remember when you intentionally took deep, lung-filling breaths? Try this in traffic, and it will decrease your stress level. This practice sets you up for success in the morning by establishing a relaxed, focused mindset to take on the work day challenges.

 

Learn a language

Many foreign language podcasts are available for download on your smartphone device. These mini-radio programs allow you to listen at your leisure. Choose a language that peaks your interest while you commute to work.

 

Stop by Skinners Chevrolet Buick GMC in Terry, MS, during our operating hours, if you need us to translate a strange sound your car is making. We will be more than happy to help you.

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Tips for Saving Money for Your New Car

Saving Money - Terry, MS

Like buying a new house, a car purchase is one of the most expensive finances you can make in your lifetime. Before you buy, you can better prepare yourself for your down payment by following a few tips for saving money for your new car.

 

Remember to budget. One of the easiest ways to save money for a new car is to monitor your monthly expenses and cut down on your spending. Cutting out one slightly expensive cost that isn’t necessary for your day-to-day life can benefit you in the long run. For instance, if you buy your lunch at work, consider packing your lunch for the next few months. That will save you a decent amount of money.

 

Get a good savings account. Find a savings account that offers you a solid interest rate that will earn you money as it sits. Contact your local bank to find out which account might be best for your needs.

 

Be patient. The longer you wait, the more money you will have to give for your down payment. Unless it’s absolutely necessary to purchase a car now, take your time and save as much money as possible.

 

When it comes to time to buy, browse our new car inventory at Skinners Chevrolet Buick GMC.

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